autumn leaves and girl 500 pi

Miriam’s Art is pleased to show you her Autumn Leaves and Girl watercolor work in progress.  This painting will be much darker once finished.  It was painted at a time when I was hurrying due to anxiety.  Enjoy!

The eyes of the portrait grasp your attention immediately.  The groundwork of the leaves and the face are in place.  The dark background will be much darker once the painting is done.  The autumn leaves provide a contrast to the dark background.

I was hurrying when I was painting this watercolor.  I was more stressed than usual.  As you may know I am writing a book.  My first book.  It’s title is Martha.  Martha is at a stage of stress in her life and writing about it made me even more stressed.  Up to now writing the book has been therapeutic but since it’s a romantic suspense I had to put some suspense into the book.  Well it affected my anxiety.  It made me more stressed and I was hurrying to get this watercolor painted.  I caught myself and forced myself to calm down.

This is the first time that I am painting a face.  I lay the light colors down first and slowly added hues.  I will paint the leaves a much more reddish brown but the basic shapes are there.  I also tried a new technique.  I lay down a purplish black for the background and then painted over with brown.  It had an interesting effect.  We’ll see if I like this painting once it’s done.

My art hasn’t been my prime focus and I finally figured out why.  Usually I write in the morning, then I eat and feed the dogs.  After that I try to walk.  And then I usually would paint.  But since I am drinking a protein shake for breakfast I have been reading when I eat.  I’m not set up with a cup holder at my painting table.  This brings the book which I would usually pick up late morning into focus early in the morning.  So I am tempted to read instead of paint.  I have to force myself to paint now which has never happened before.  I have to make a conscious decision that it is now time to paint.  I don’t like this change to my habits.  Reading tires me and doesn’t soothe my soul the way that painting does.  I really don’t know what to do about this.  If you have any suggestions please comment below!

Have a good weekend.  We are expecting snow this afternoon.  I may have to shovel in the morning!  🙁